Did you know that, on average, people in the US move over 11 times in their lifetime? That’s a lot of packing and hauling boxes!

The more you move, the better you become at it, so once you hit that 9th, 10th, or 11th move, you’ve probably got expert status. However, if this is your first move or you’re not quite an expert yet, we’re here to help.

One of the toughest decisions is what to pack first when moving. This guide will walk you through the moving process from what to pack first to what to pack last. Keep reading for our tips and tricks!

Start Here: What to Do Before You Pack Anything

Don’t just grab a box and start packing. There’s a method to the moving madness, so before you pack your first box, there are some things you should do. 

First, take inventory. What do you have? What’s moving and what’s staying, or what needs to be given away or sold?

Second, purge your house. You don’t want to pack and move items that you end up getting rid of as soon as you unpack them.

Third, get proper packing materials. Boxes, bubble wrap, tape, permanent markers, etc. Put together a little moving kit that you can grab whenever you are packing a box. You’ll have everything at your fingertips and make the process more efficient. 

What to Pack First When Moving: Start with the Hardest Room and Items

Now that you’ve prepared, it’s time to pack that first box. But what do you pack first? Not your clothes or your toiletries, and definitely not everyday items like your coffee pot or dishes. 

No, the first things you should pack are the least used items and the ones hardest to pack. 

Your least used items and the ones hardest to pack might be one and the same. For example, your garage probably has a lot of tools and miscellaneous items. They’re not the easiest things to pack, and many of them are things you probably don’t use regularly. Get these packed up first. 

If you have an attic or basement with seasonal items, you might consider packing those first too. Pack the hardest rooms and items first when you’re still motivated and don’t totally hate the packing process yet!

What to Pack Next

Once you’ve gotten those difficult rooms and items out of the way, move on to other non-essential items. Things on the walls, artwork, knick-knacks, and other decorations. 

This might include holiday items from the kitchen that you won’t need or kitchen appliances that you only use a few times a year. Don’t pack things you’re going to need. 

What to Pack Last 

The things you pack last should be items that you’re using up until the day of the move, like toiletries and dishes (consider using plastic silverware and cups and paper plates for a few days before the move to make your packing easier).

This can also include medications, your bed pillows, the sheets you are using. Leave boxes out to throw those items into on the day of the move. 

If you’re lucky enough to have a moving company like Browning Moving & Storage pack and move for you, you won’t have to worry too much about packing order, but if you’re doing it yourself, do what you can to make the move easy on you and your family! 

Get Packing! 

Don’t let packing and moving overwhelm you. Use these tips, especially our tricks on what to pack first when moving, to make the process as least stressful as possible. 

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